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Sandia National Laboratories’ Jon Ihlefeld to receive American Ceramics Society’s 2017 Richard M. Fulrath Award

Jon Ihlefeld, Distinguished Member of Sandia National Laboratories' Technical Staff

Jon Ihlefeld, Distinguished Member of Sandia National Laboratories’ Technical Staff

Dr. Jon Ihlefeld, a Distinguished Member of Sandia National Laboratories’ Technical Staff, was unanimously selected to receive The American Ceramics Society’s 2017 Richard M. Fulrath Award for his contributions to electronic ceramics research and development. The award will be presented Oct. 9, 2017, at The American Ceramics Society’s 119th annual meeting in Pittsburg, PA.

The award recognizes individuals younger than 45 who have demonstrated excellence in research and development in the ceramics sciences. Presented to two American researchers and three Japanese researchers annually since 1978, the award promotes technical collaboration among the diverse cultures surrounding the Pacific Rim.

Dr. Ihlefeld is internationally recognized for his work on ferroelectrics, funded in-part by Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research Development Office; dielectric integration, funded in-part by the Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program managed by Dr. Imre Gyuk; and fast ion conductors, funded in-part by the Office of Nuclear Energy.

2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

The NAATBatt International Board of Directors presented the 2016 NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service to Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, at the NAATBatt 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference’s Gala Dinner March 2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells at Palm Springs, California.

According to the NAATBatt’s announcement of the awards, Dr. Gyuk has been central to the advancing energy storage during the past 13 years. Under Dr. Gyuk’s leadership, the Electrical Energy Storage research program within the DOE’s Office of Electricity identified and funded dozens of new stationary energy storage technologies, several of which are used today in unsubsidized, commercial projects, producing significant benefits for the electricity grid and for electricity consumers. “Without Dr. Gyuk’s leadership and the seed funding of new technologies that he oversaw and directed, it is difficult to imagine that the energy storage market we know today would look anything like it does or, perhaps, would exist at all. Dr. Gyuk and his programs epitomize the essential role of government in supporting the transition of important, new technologies from the laboratory to commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Imre Gyuk is the winner of the NAATBatt 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award-Public Service.”

Prof. Detchko Pavlov of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems also received NAATBatt’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in lead-acid battery manufacture and operation, and the oxygen cycle reactions in valve-regulated lead-acid batteries.

Read the NAATBatt award announcement for more information on the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the recipients.

2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Dr. Stanley Atcitty, left, and Dr. Imre Gyuk, right, at the Smithsonian, following the 2012 PECASE awards ceremony.

Dr. Stanley Atcitty, left, and Dr. Imre Gyuk, right, at the Smithsonian, following the 2012 PECASE awards ceremony.

Dr. Stanley Atcitty, an energy storage systems researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, was among 13 U.S. Dept. of Energy-funded researchers to be named a winner of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor granted by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers, who are early in their independent research careers.

Dr. Atcitty was nominated by the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability for advances in power electronics for the electric grid including the development of a high-temperature silicon-carbide power module and an ultra-high-voltage silicon-carbide thyristor, for research on grid integration of energy storage, and for mentorship in the Native American community.

For more information, see the award announcement and a conversation between Dr. Atcitty and Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

2009 & 2010 Energy Storage Association Philip Symons Award

Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, was named winner of the 2009 Energy Storage Association’s Philip Symons Award. Also, John Boyes of Sandia National Laboratories was awarded the ESA’s 2010 Philip Symons Award.

The award is in memory of ESA founding member, Dr. Philip Symons, and is presented annually to a deserving recipient for contributions to the advancement of electricity storage. For more information, see the ESA Philip Symons Award announcement.